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Kayaking and Canoeing in Estonia

An active way to explore Estonia from the sea

Best time: June–August

Kayaking and Canoeing
Kayaking and Canoeing
Kayaking and Canoeing

The Estonian coastline is more than 4,000 km long, which makes this country a great place for kayaking and canoeing. It has more than 1,500 islands, and many of them are home to bird and seal colonies. Thus, paddling can be even more exciting. You can go through sandy beaches or ancient fishermen islets.

The most famous places for kayakers are the Saaremaa and Hiiumaa islands, where you'll be surrounded by beautiful scenery. Tallinn Bay will open a Medieval city silhouette. Some shorter trips can be made to the islands off the north coast such as Aegna, Pakri islands, and Pedassaare. The best time for kayaking is summer, from June to August. However, during the nesting period (15 April-15 July) you won't be able to visit protected areas without special permission.

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What are some geographical features of Estonia that make it a suitable place for kayaking and canoeing?

Estonia's long coastline and multitude of islands make it an ideal location for kayaking and canoeing. The different terrains offer impressive scenery, with chances to witness wildlife such as various bird and seal colonies. Furthermore, the Baltic Sea is calm, making it a safe option for people of all skill levels. A kayaker can have a unique look at Estonia's Medieval city through the sea. Finally, one can also kayak in freshwater bodies such as Lake Peipus and Lake Võrtsjärv. Show more

What are some of the most famous kayaking spots in Estonia?

The islands of Hiiumaa and Saaremaa are top-rated kayaking spots in Estonia. They have complete landscapes - Sandy beaches, historical fishing islets, and stunning landscapes. Alternatively, one can catch a glimpse of the old city of Tallinn from the Tallinn Bay. Shorter trips can also be made to the Aegna Island, Pakri Islands, and Pedassaare located off the north coast. Others include Lake Peipus, Lake Võrtsjärv, and Soomaa National Park to view wildlife and fish. Show more

When is the preferred season for kayaking in Estonia, and why?

In Estonia, summer from June to August is the ideal time to go kayaking. This season is fantastic because the weather is warming up, and the sun stays up for longer periods. The calm sea condition during the period makes kayaking easy and more fun. One thing to keep in mind, though, is that it is forbidden to visit protected areas without special permission from 15th April to 15th July, the nesting period. Show more

Are there any rules for kayaking in Estonia during the nesting period?

Yes, Estonia has a few strict rules for kayaking during the nesting period between 15 April to 15 July. Protected areas cannot be visited during this period without special permission to protect the animals living there. But, while this restriction is in place, freshwater bodies can still be explored by kayakers. Show more

What kinds of animals can one observe while kayaking in Estonia?

While kayaking in Estonia, kayakers have the chance to observe different kinds of seals and bird species. The islands offer expansive bird and seal colonies that are awe-inspiring. There is no shortage of fish in freshwater bodies such as Lake Peipus, Lake Võrtsjärv, and the Soomaa National Park. The quiet mode of transportation on a kayak or canoe allows for the approach of wildlife without interference in their natural habitat. Show more

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